Saturday, March 13, 2010

Melbourne Zoo

Who doesn't love a trip to the zoo? It brings out the kid in everyone. Standing at the pool of rays I was just dying to reach out and touch them, never mind the sign next to me saying "please do not touch the animals". Moving through the Wild Sea exhibit, I would have given anything to jump in and swim with the seals! For anyone looking to feel young again- head to the zoo!

Melbourne zoo is certainly one of the good ones. Coming from Austin, Texas where we only had a joke of a zoo, I was enthralled with the animals here in Melbourne.

And coming from the United States I was, of course, thrilled to see the kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. 

The birth of a new baby elephant, Mali, has attracted lots of new visitors, and for a good reason. She is adorable. Do not miss a chance to see that baby run around and play. She's super cute! I apologize for the blurry photo, that baby sure can run!

My other don't miss exhibits: 

The Wild Sea, gotta love those seals! 

We especially like the bears- although they look a little pale for brown bears.

Have you ever seen Meerkat Manor? Those little guys are so fascinating! No wonder they can make a whole TV series out of their lives, sometimes I think they might be more interesting than my own life :)

There is certainly plenty to see at Melbourne Zoo. We have been twice now and still haven't seen everything. I appreciate how nicely the zoo is arranged. It's large but you don't have to walk a long distance to get to the next exhibit (even with small children). There are also plenty of cafes and food stands to grab a bite to eat, but they also don't mind if you bring in a sack lunch.

Name: Melbourne Zoo
Location: Elliott Avenue Parkville, VIC - easily accessible by tram 55
Telephone: 03 9285 9300
Admission: Adult $24.40, Child $12.10, Family $55.50

Friends of the Zoo Passes are good at all 3 zoos (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Healesville Santuary) for 12 months from the time of purchase. See the website or the FOTZ office near the main entrance to the zoo.

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